This long story began in the year 2003 when a good friend and I built our first climbing gym in Saint-Petersburg. Actually it was not a random decisión, we were passionate mountaineers and rocks climbers.
That is when I started to shaping climbing holds.
Hardly anyone was doing that in Russia, except a cool dude, Sergei Shemulinkin. He was the one, i though.
I started experimenting on different materials and i worked hard, but my skills in rock-climbing, and my knowledge in sculpture and art helped me a lot to be self confident with my job.
After that, I started creating large packs of holds for my friends from Top Point and Crio, and I began to receive favorable reviews from the leading climbing holds manufacturers. I made some designs for such companies as 360, Kando, and i also designed and shaped some of the considered the best ice-climbing holds in the world called Intellect.
In the end of 2019, I received an offer of cooperation with the leading European manufacturer of climbing holds EUROHOLDS. Since then, we turn our awesome ideas into reality. We get on well. I’m sure all together we have vast perspectives in cooperation.
I like working in various styles and different sizes, simple, pure and concise surface of modern bouldering lines, but also i like complicated detail shapes like child’s ones.
We are shapers and we constantly learn something from each other, it truly inspires us and give us support especially in the very beginning, so for me personally, IAN POWELL was and remains one of the trusted spirit guide ever. His style is very close to me.
I think it’s amazing that after this whole time, I still fond of shaping, i still am full of ideas... I’m encouraged by this imaginative job.
I hope our community of climbers will be pleased with my shapes and get motivated practicing our beloved sport.